From the Archives: Blerg. Plus Holiday Eating Tips.

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This is my most popular post from the 2014 holiday season, so I thought I’d share it again! Let me know what you think in the comments!

Next week is finals.  This is my first semester taking a full load of classes since 2008, and…well…
Blerg. That’s pretty much all my brain is capable of of at this point.

In the meantime, I’m still trying to keep up with nutrition news, which means one thing:

Holiday Eating Tips.

Apparently, this is all dietitians want to talk about at this time of year.  There are a few articles out there with good-but-healthy recipe ideas, but the majority are about How To Keep Off Weight Gain During This Oh-So-Disastrous Season. Continue reading

Piling on the Miles


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I had all kinds of great plans for workouts to try out and post about over the summer: Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn workout (a modified version, obvi), some from my weight lifting app, some ballet barre from YouTube…alas, my immune system had different plans for me this year.

Instead, I put on about ten pounds over the summer. Thanks a lot, thyroid. You’re a jerk.

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Baking Makes Everything Better

2016 has been a hell of a year, friends.

It’s been a while since I’ve posted here – there were some problems with one of my medications at the beginning of the summer, and that sent me into the biggest autoimmune flare-up spiral I’ve traveled down in a long time. I’ve been spending a lot of time sleeping. Just going to work exhausts me, and I come home and stare at the TV in stupor, often too tired to even knit or read. My celiac flares up at the slightest provocation, meaning I’m constantly in the bathroom and struggling to stay hydrated and replenish electrolytes. Continue reading

From the Archives: Is Sugar Free the Way to Be?

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Hands up: how many of you have tried, read about, or known someone who tried the sugar-free diet/detox/lifestyle thing recently?

I’ve been seeing it everywhere. Continue reading

The Symptoms Never Bothered Me Anyway…Being Chronically Ill During the Holidays

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I wrote this post in November 2014. I’ve been debating whether or not to post it, because it’s really personal and kind of long. But today I heard about a friend of one of my cousins who was just diagnosed with a chronic illness, and my heart broke a little. So I’m going to post this, despite the personal aspects and the length. If you or anyone you know has a chronic illness, I hope this bit of my story helps you feel like you’re not alone this holiday season.  Continue reading

The Gluten Monster

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I’m on a couple of AND’s list servs. Earlier this week, a dietitian sent out a note wondering if someone could help her motivate a patient who’s having trouble sticking to the GF diet.

Reading this sent me down memory lane. Continue reading

Nice to Meet You

My name is Emily Star. I’m a freelance writer and editor with a Master’s degree in English literature. I’m a bit of a jill-of-all-trades – I teach English, write, run my own shop on Etsy, and have recently decided to go back to school for a degree in dietetics. The choice to go back to school was made for several reasons, one of which is that you really cannot get a full-time teaching job at the college level unless you’re a masochist.  But why dietetics? Continue reading